About the Degree Program
The Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is reinventing teacher education for the 21st century. The Academy offers a competency-based master’s degree in education leading towards an initial teacher license at the secondary level (middle and high school) in the following areas:
- biology (through the Amgen Biology Program)
Teacher candidates progress through a problem-based, individualized, adaptive curriculum by mastery of core competencies. Teacher candidates become eligible for graduation and initial licensure when they have mastered all of the competencies, completed requisite clinical experiences, and satisfied Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ initial licensure requirements, including passing the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).
Students will experience the challenge-based curriculum in a blended environment including online, face-to-face, and clinical education. The Academy offers clinical experiences in local public schools, as well as mentoring and professional development opportunities for its graduates. The WW Academy has established relationships with the school districts of Burlington, Cambridge, Natick, Revere, and Somerville.
STEM Licensure Program Details
The Woodrow Wilson Academy prepares talented, committed individuals with background in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—to succeed in the diverse classrooms of today, and to shape and lead the schools of tomorrow.
- competency-based preparation
- master’s degree (M.Ed.)
- teacher licensure in biology, chemistry, and mathematics education
- extensive preparation for teaching in secondary schools
- support and mentoring throughout the program
Everything we do is intentional.
Teachers prepared at the WW Academy will go through a program specially designed with them in mind, thanks to a pioneering group of Design Fellows. These ten collaborative, creative, entrepreneurial future educators are beta-testing the Academy model during the 2017-2018 academic school year. Each Fellow brings strong STEM content knowledge and a deep commitment to both innovation and classroom teaching to the design and testing of the program. They are working closely with the faculty and staff of the WW Academy to help create and test assessments and refine the program. See what the Design Fellows are up to here.
By leaving the student experience intentionally open-ended, the WW Academy is ensuring that each prospective teacher receives personalized preparation based on real-world constraints and proven methods.